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Friday, October 22, 2010

LACFD: AGUA DULCE, PLANE DOWN w/ FIRE IN HORSE CORRAL 2 DEAD

Two Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into California Horse Corral

AGUA DULCE, Calif. -- A small plane crashed and burst into flames Thursday in a horse corral in northern Los Angeles County, killing at least two people and three horses, a fire official said.

The single-engine Cirrus SR22, which may have departed from a local airport, went down at about 12:10 p.m. behind a barn in Agua Dulce, county fire Inspector Matt Levesque said. The plane caught fire but was quickly doused, he said.

Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi said two people were confirmed dead but it was not known if anyone else was aboard due to the state of the wreck. Fire officials earlier reported four people dead.

Three horses in the corral were killed and a fourth was injured, Levesque said.

The crash site was about a mile west of the Agua Dulce Airpark, but it was not immediately clear whether the plane had taken off from the runway there, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The cause of the crash was under investigation. The skies were overcast at the time of the crash, Gregor said.

The plane was registered to a Calabasas company, Gregor said. He would not provide the name until the FAA confirms the owners were notified.

The high-desert area about 30 miles north of Los Angeles is flanked by forest and the urban communities of Santa Clarita and Palmdale. It is near Vasquez Rocks, a local rock formation often used as a filming location for movies and TV shows.

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